Excursions | API Study Abroad


  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution available (Marist College)
  • Round-trip airfare (Miami-Havana) included


  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student and under the age of 25
  • Open to intermediate and advanced level Spanish speakers (with a minimum of 3 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent)
  • Completed API application
  • One-page statement of purpose (in Spanish)
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

Add on a Volunteer Program!

  • API students completing a study abroad program (particularly in Latin America) may be interested in extending their stay on an API volunteer abroad program. Click on the link below for more information on options and pricing.
  • Volunteer Add-On Options

Dates & Fees

Late Aug, 2018 - Late Dec, 2018
Late Jan, 2019 - Mid-May, 2019


Apr 20, 2018
Jun 1, 2018
Oct 25, 2018
Dec 1, 2018


API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Havana programs. All excursions are subject to change.


The province of Pinar del Río is the principal tobacco growing area of Cuba. Lush, green fields, dotted with picturesque tobacco drying huts and thatched roofed homes (bohíos) of the local farmers, or ¨guajiros, ¨make for stunning scenery. The province’s main attraction is the famous Valley of Viñales, where huge flat-topped limestone formations (mogotes) rise high above the valley floor. These “mogotes” are laced with spectacular caves, with flowing internal rivers which can be explored by hiking and boat rides.

Las Terrazas is a small pioneering eco-village, originally a reforestation project and now a UNESCO biosphere reserve. A self-sustaining community, with a hotel, shops, a vegetarian restaurant and organic farming, it boasts a canopy tour, the remains of coffee plantations from the past century, and is a center for artist, and artisans of many kinds.


Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, now an major tourist destination, has preserved the stately colonial mansions and buildings remnants of its former wealth from sugar mills. In addition to the town itself, a stop for the night at one of the south coast´s best beaches and a view of the Escambray mountains, a strategic point in Fidel Castro´s revolution, make Trinidad a highlight of any trip through Cuba. A trip to Trinidad includes visits to the towns of Santa Clara and Cienfuegos.

Santa Clara is the capital of Villa Clara province in the heart of Cuba. Santa Clara is also the final resting place of revolutionary Che Guevara, and was site of the final battle of the Cuban revolution in 1958.

One of Cuba’s main ports, the city of Cienfuegos is a UNESCO World Heritage site, being cited as the best extant example of the 19th-century early Spanish Enlightenment implementation in urban planning. Cienfuegos played an important role in battles during the Spanish-American and Cuban Revolutionary wars.


The city of Santiago de Cuba, capital of the province of Oriente, the most Eastern province on the island, was once the capital of Cuba (the capital was later moved to Havana). Far from Havana, it is a the city which has traditionally been the seat of rebellion. Historical reminders of Cuba’s war of Independence from Spain, such as San Juan Hill and Castro´s revolution, such as the Moncada barracks, are important to visit. Famous for its rum, its music – the son, the trova, and its colorful carnaval, it also has a nice Morro fortress which guards its harbor, the Castillo San Pedro del Morro. José Martí, Cuba´s venerated poet and writer, known as the George Washington of Cuba for his inspired efforts to galvanize his people to fight for independence from Spain, is buried in Santiago.

Baracoa, in the province of Guantánamo, was the actual first capital of Cuba and is Cuba’s oldest city, founded in 1511. It is relatively isolated in terms of transportation, which has enabled it to maintain its charm and friendly, hospitable atmosphere. It has been called the ¨Shangri-La of Cuba.¨ The Baracoa region is famous for its cacao, and of course, its chocolate treats. Baracoa is an artists’ haven, with many studios throughout the town.


In the last 20 years, the Cuban tourism industry has increased greatly and has helped the government deal with the economic hard times of the 1990’s when Cuba lost the support of the Soviet Union. Now millions of tourists travel to Cuba and Varadero is one of the most popular destinations with 20 km of white sand and tranquil turquoise waters. Despite the increasing construction of hotels, Cuba has one of the most comprehensive sets of laws in the region for sustainability and protection of the environment. You will enjoy pristine beaches, water sports, salsa music on the beach, spectacularly colorful sunsets and may opt to explore nearby caves and ecological reserves.